Online, 28 Oct 2014. This year’s commemoration of the International Day for Rural Women on 15 October was focused on the importance of achieving sustainable development. The empowerment of rural women is agreed to be the key motor for economic, environmental and social transformation that is required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon went further to accentuating the essential role women would play for the universal climate agreement and expressed the urgency of reducing discrimination, deprivation and poverty for rural women.

Online, 23 Oct 2014. Global Donor Working Group on Land welcomes endorsement by CFS of RAI Principles. On 15 October 2014, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) officially endorsed the globally negotiated Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAI). This new landmark set of principles provides guidance to ensure investment in agriculture and food systems contributes to food security and nutrition. The principles enable larger and more sustainable investment in agriculture while also making stakeholders responsible for creating the conditions for the principles to be met.

Rome, Italy, 18 Oct 2014. Multiple efforts are undertaken by donors on Aflatoxin research at the country level; however most of these actions are often scattered and uncoordinated. The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development is committed to promote collaborative action among donors to improve the efficiency of programmes by working with other Aflatoxin control stakeholders such as the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) and the Platform for African European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD).

Online, 16 Oct 2014. To ensure investment in agriculture and food systems benefits local food security and workers’ rights, the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems were approved by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). They build on and are complementary to the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, endorsed by the CFS in May 2012.

Online, 16 Oct 2014. In 2004 the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) adopted the Voluntary Guidelines to support the progressive realisation of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security (RtAF Guidelines). The Guidelines which were initiated by civil society and unanimously adopted by all FAO member states were intended to start a discussion with the ultimate goal to reach a consensus on what was needed to make the human right to adequate food and nutrition a reality for everyone. The Guidelines recognised the need for an integrated approach that includes legal entitlements, policy coherence and participation.

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